Get to Know the Author: Debra Dier
March 1, 2016
I have a confession to make: I don’t always live in the here and now. Ever catch
yourself daydreaming of a life in a different time and place? Would you be
comfortable roaming about an estate in Regency England, or dancing in a ballroom
under the glow of candlelight, or walking the hills of nineteenth century
Scotland? If you do, we share something in common. For as long as I can remember
I have indulged my imagination in flights of fancy. After thirteen novels and
three short stories I won the Quill Award and was inducted into the Writer’s
Hall of Fame. Although I write contemporary, paranormal, and historical romantic
fiction, I admit I love to travel to the past. My favorite destination is
Regency England or Scotland, when people were a bit wild under their mannerly
A reader I met at a book signing a few years ago told me I was an old soul and I
had lived centuries earlier. I suppose that could be the reason I enjoy
traveling to different places and times. I also share a birthday with Jane
Austen, who I admire greatly. Is sharing her birthday and becoming an author a
coincidence? Do you believe in destiny?
I usually start with an idea for a novel and then explore the people who might
bring that idea to life. For example, I once asked myself what would happen if
two souls from two different time periods were switched. Once I know my
characters, they start to control the novel. I never worry when characters talk
to me, I only start worrying if they stop; it usually means I have taken a wrong
turn in the novel. Another confession: I have never finished an outline for a
book. Recently James Patterson instructed me to always outline, because if you
don’t outline you will waste time. I am working on the outlines for two books at
the moment. I intend to outline each book I write in the future. If James
Patterson tells you to outline, you should probably outline.
Research for historical novels once meant hours in the part of the local college
library where you have to blow the dust off the tops of the books before opening
them. Now I spend more time researching online. I also have a small library of
my own dusty tomes. I have visited England, Scotland, and Ireland to seek out
all the wonderful historical places from my books. Last summer I dragged my
daughter through the streets of London looking for anything that remained of the
Regency period. Even though most of London has changed, you can still see
sunlight on the Serpentine, walk through Hyde Park and imagine yourself in a
high perched phaeton, explore the house on the corner where Wellington lived,
and look around you and imagine all the people from the distant past who have
walked the same paths as you.
A few years ago, I left writing to concentrate on motherhood. When my best
friend told me she wanted to read a new book by me and gave me a magnet that
said “Stop me before I volunteer again!”, I knew it was time to head back to my
keyboard. I’m currently revising most of my older novels, updating them for my
current writing style. With the luxury of looking at my books as a whole, I
decided to form a series from several of the books. The characters had all
attended London Seasons; they would have known each other. Although all the
novels can stand alone, it’s fun to see the characters interact across the
novels. MACLAREN’S BRIDE
is the second book in the newly formed The Heiresses series.
I am also working on a new Regency series, and a paranormal series that will
cross through contemporary and historical books. After taking more than a decade
away from writing, my creative muse is impatient to flow onto paper once more.
I love to hear from readers. You can reach me through the contact page of my
website: www.debradier.com. You can also connect with
me through Facebook . My tweets are available on
A Wedding Gift for MACLAREN’S BRIDE Giveaway
Award winning author Debra Dier is pleased to celebrate the marriage of
determined Highlander Alec MacLaren and reluctant bride Meg Drummond by offering
one US reader the chance to win an autographed trade paperback copy of DEVIL’S HONOR, an e-book
copy of MACLAREN’S
BRIDE, and a $25 Amazon gift card. US residents only please. Set in
the highlands soon after Waterloo, MACLAREN’S BRIDE is the critically
acclaimed novel of lost love and second chances.
A Determined Highlander and his Reluctant Bride
Meg Drummond was
known as the Snow Queen, a challenge to the gentlemen of the ton, for
it was said she could freeze a man with a single glance of her green eyes. No
one knew the icy castle walls were built to protect the vulnerable girl within.
Meg didn’t trust easily, not after witnessing the fiery destruction of her
parents’ marriage. Since she was a child she had only ever thought of one man in
terms of happily ever after, and he had never returned her regard.
leaving the Highlands, Meg managed to change from an awkward hoyden into the
elegant lady her English mother expected her to be. Though she allowed her
estranged father to believe she would marry an Englishman to spite him, she had
no intention of ever allowing any man close enough to hurt her, until Alec
MacLaren charged back into her life. She has loved the charming rogue since she
was a child. Yet can she trust the wicked Highlander with her heart?
hero of Waterloo, Alec owed Meg’s father his life. Although he had no desire for
an arranged marriage, Alec kidnapped and married Meg out of his debt to Robert
Drummond. Once he held Meg in his arms he realized there just might be something
more to this marriage than he had expected. A suspicious tragedy had made him
Earl of Dunleith. Alec doesn’t realize a murderer lurks in the shadows waiting
to take everything from him.
After years of war Alec longs for a home and
family. He knows he must break through the wall of ice surrounding Meg’s heart,
gain her trust, and awaken her desire to truly make her his bride.
37 comments posted.
Re: Get to Know the Author: Debra Dier
I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing!
(Vicki Tunell 2:17pm March 1, 2016)
Great to have you writing new books!
(Janie McGaugh 3:46pm March 1, 2016)
Your writing sounds captivating.
(Sharon Berger 4:14pm March 1, 2016)
I look forward to reading your book and learning more about Meg and
hopefully Alec's love story!
(Lily Shah 5:41pm March 1, 2016)
You're a new author to me I've added your books to my TBR I
love discovering new authors and their works
(Natasha Persaud 5:55pm March 1, 2016)
I can't wait to read your books. I just added you to my
upcoming reading list!
(Michelle Drury 6:05pm March 1, 2016)
Looks like a great book Thanks for sharing it with us
(Linda Moffitt 6:50pm March 1, 2016)
I love love love books set in the highlands!!!
(Candy Voisine 9:23pm March 1, 2016)
(LeAnn Abernathy 12:07pm March 2, 2016)
Enjoyed your post, I imagine that researching must have
been difficult prior to the internet. Have described the
process or researching for school papers to my children and
they kept looking at me with horrified expressions on their
(G. Bisbjerg 4:09am March 2, 2016)
I love "castle romances." It's been a long time since I have had time to read (English teacher and momma of six). I would love to read yours!
(Amy Morgan 11:50am March 2, 2016)
This sounds like it will be a great read . I love the Highlanders stories and Meg sounds like she is a very head-strong determined young lady . This has to be an interesting story .Thanks for this chance to win .
(Joan Thrasher 12:22pm March 2, 2016)
I would love to read this story. I am a great fan of Highlander historical novels as well as those set in the Regency era. I think that is because of my love of Jane Austin.
(Catherine White 3:55pm March 2, 2016)
Thanks for introducing yourself and your book! :)
(Colleen Conklin 5:03pm March 2, 2016)
I felt like I was reading my best friend Alice's profile.
the 2 of you are so similar. I can't wait to read your
books & am going to start looking for them. Thank you!
(Teresa Miller 5:14pm March 2, 2016)
I look forward to reading more of these books.
(Marilyn Collins 8:09pm March 2, 2016)
I recently "discovered" regency stories and really like them!
(Laurie Bergh 9:34am March 3, 2016)
This one sounds really good. I have added it to my TBR list.
(Joy Isley 3:13pm March 3, 2016)
This book sounds great!
(Reeta Harrison 6:16pm March 3, 2016)
Sounds like some fun reading! Thank you!
(Karen Dyer 7:42pm March 3, 2016)
I'm always looking for new books to read & it looks like I found another book.
(Timberlee Ramsey 11:47am March 4, 2016)
Looks like a great book to add to my tbr pile
(Julie Parrish 7:38pm March 4, 2016)
Oh my word, I want to read this!! I'm so happy you realized
that you can be a mom and still write! I'm older so you
probably don't yet realize that you can do a lot of things in
this lifetime, sometimes simultaneously and sometimes
(Marcia Berbeza 12:53pm March 5, 2016)
I'm glad that Ms. Dier returned back to writing. It's also
true that one's writing style can change. So nice that an
author takes the time for revision if it is needed.
(Ela Raymundo 2:02am March 5, 2016)
I've never read any of Debra's stories - this looks like one
(Diane Sallans 7:27pm March 5, 2016)
I hope to win so I can buy your wonderful books!
(Chris K 11:47pm March 5, 2016)
Oh I love this cover and can't wait to read this book!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:54am March 6, 2016)
Thanks for the giveaway.
(Mark Watson 10:29am March 6, 2016)
I enjoyed reading about your research in England, Scotland and Ireland. It makes me wish I could join you on the trips.
(Anna Speed 12:56pm March 6, 2016)
When I dream about another time and place, I always think of the Renaissance. Love everything about it. It's probably because I love going to Renaissance Faires. I attend every single one on the East Coast each year. It's a great escape for a day.
(Nancy Marcho 2:10pm March 6, 2016)
I looking forward to your new series where the contemporary meets the past.
(Kai Wong 4:40pm March 6, 2016)
I lived in Scotland for several years. I am now back in the
states but I love reading about it and the Highlanders.
(Denise Austin 6:45pm March 6, 2016)
You are a new author for me but I love historical romance.
(Karen Mikusak 6:54pm March 6, 2016)
I look forward to reading your books. Thanks.
(Dianne McVetty 7:46pm March 6, 2016)
I really enjoy historical romances. I like learning little tidbits
from those times.
(Nancy Luebke 8:19pm March 6, 2016)
I love highlanders.
(Deb Pelletier 8:40pm March 6, 2016)
Historical romances are one of my favorites, can't wait to
(Mary Lynn Hayes 8:52pm March 6, 2016)
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